A blog that tackles issues on basic education (in the Philippines and the United States) including early childhood education, the teaching profession, math and science education, medium of instruction, poverty, and the role of research and higher education.
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Is Being Good at Math Genetic?
The previous post, "Are You Good at Math?", describes a study that groups twins according to math abilities. The study discovers that if one of the twins is found within the group of math achievers, it is very likely that the other twin also belongs to the same group. So, perhaps, being good at math is genetic. However, looking at the group of children who struggle in math, the study finds that having one of the twins not do well in math is not a guarantee that the other twin likewise finds math difficult. Nevertheless, there is one trend generally seen, struggling in math correlates with anxiety in math.
The Association for Psychological Science has recently issued a press release:
Thus, there is a link between a child's math achievement and anxiety, and the math anxiety of the parents. This needs to be qualified, however, according to the study. It is not necessarily determined by genes. It has an environmental component. The link appears only when parents are oftentimes helping the child with his or her homework. It should be noted that what specifically a parent does that may cause a child to be anxious in math has not been addressed by the study. Nevertheless, it is obvious that there is a need for parents and educators to be made aware that math anxiety can likewise be developed at home.
TANONG: ANO ANG KTO12 PROGRAM? SAGOT: Ang Kto12 Program ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay tumutukoy sa pagkakaroon ng mandatory o required na kindergarten at karagdagang 2 taon sa dating 10-year Basic Education Cycle. Kung noon, pagkatapos ng anim na taon sa elementarya at apat na taon sa hayskul (kabuuang 10 taon) ay maaari nang makapagkolehiyo ang mga estudyante. Sa ilalim ng Kto12, bago makapagkolehiyo, kailangan pa nilang dumaan sa karagdagang 2 taon pagkatapos ng apat na taong hayskul. Sa bagong sistema, tinatawag na senior high school o junior college ang karagdagang 2 tao…
People have strong opinions about almost anything and the issue of education is no exception. How these opinions have been formed needs to be examined. This is what good research does. It informs and guides. A myriad of factors influence education and oftentimes, these factors are not independent from each other. Factors interact, sometimes these add, and other times, these subtract. General notions therefore need to be carefully drawn. Writing articles on education can also be quite challenging. When problems in basic education involve an inability to think critically, it is difficult to reach the audience and convey the correct message. Oftentimes, sarcasm is lost so such style of writing needs to be avoided. For people who are convinced of their wisdom and understanding of how education works, profound messages from basic research can be often easily lost.
There is information to be gained from data. Tests in schools can be informative. Scores of students provide a quick glimpse of the current state of education. Thus, it is useful to have these numbers. These numbers may not tell everything in detail with high accuracy. Nevertheless, test results allow for a useful perspective. The National Achievement Test administered by the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines, a set of standardized tests addressing the major subjects taught in school, is an example. These tests are given to Grade 3 where students are assessed in both English and Filipino (These two subjects comprise two thirds of the exam) and Math and Science (These two account for the remaining one third). A different set of tests is given to Grade 6 pupils where each of the following 5 subjects is assigned 40 items: (Science, Math, English, Filipino and Social Studies). Another set is administered to fourth year high school students (This is currently the last year…